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BuSpar / Buspirone Side Effects

Bipolar Medications Library

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Updated June 19, 2006

Catalogue of side effects for the medication Buspirone - brand name BuSpar - an antianxiety drug sometimes prescribed for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Common Side Effects:

Check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when getting up from a sitting or lying position; headache; nausea; restlessness, nervousness, or unusual excitement

Less Common Side Effects:

Check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

Blurred vision; clamminess or sweating; decreased concentration; diarrhea; drowsiness (more common with doses of more than 20 mg per day); dryness of mouth; muscle pain, spasms, cramps, or stiffness; ringing in the ears; trouble in sleeping, nightmares, or vivid dreams; unusual tiredness or weakness

Always Notify Doctor:

Rare: Chest pain; confusion; fast or pounding heartbeat; fever; incoordination; mental depression; muscle weakness; numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in hands or feet; skin rash or hives; stiffness of arms or legs; sore throat; uncontrolled movements of the body

Overdose Effects - Notify Doctor:

May be more severe than side effects occurring at regular doses, or several may occur together:

Dizziness or lightheadedness; drowsiness (severe) or loss of consciousness; stomach upset, including nausea or vomiting; very small pupils of the eyes

Other BuSpar side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

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